I am a 46 year old man who was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in my left shoulder several years ago. At first, the pain was manageable and my range of motion about 90% of normal. However, within 3 years, the pain became severe, I was unable to sleep and use of my arm became very limited. My range of motion had dropped below 50% and the strength in my arm was fading rapidly. I had consulted with 3 other orthopedists prior to meeting Dr. Pearle. My first visit to his office was amazing. The staff was very friendly and Dr. Pearle immediately exceeded my expectations. His kind and caring demeanor put me at ease and his patience to answer to my numerous questions was reassuring. I needed a full shoulder replacement and the thought of it terrified me. After another visit to Dr. Pearle to ask even more questions, I decided to move ahead and have the surgery at the end of April. Dr. Pearle did an excellent job preparing me for each step of the procedure and post-op recovery. I knew what to expect, from suture removal through physical therapy, and there never were any surprises. That in and of itself was so important to my recovery.
I am now 13 weeks post-op and feeling great. There is no pain, I am sleeping comfortably and uninterrupted and my range of motion is up to 80%. I am still doing my physical therapy regularly and I expect to have full range of motion back within the next few weeks. I am confident that in a relatively short period of time I will be able to golf and swim like I did before my arthritis diagnosis. I am so grateful to Dr. Pearle for restoring my life and giving me my arm back. Thank you!